ICE Headline News Feed by State - California https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by State en Copyright 2020 Thu, 06 May 2021 14:44:29 -0400 HSI seeks help identifying potential victims of ex-preschool teacher convicted of child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-ex-preschool-teacher-convicted-child Paul Torres Jimenez De La Cuesta, 29, of Imperial Beach, California, pleaded guilty April 5 to distribution of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Paul Torres Jimenez De La Cuesta https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-ex-preschool-teacher-convicted-child Wed, 05/05/2021 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Salvadoran national sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/salvadoran-national-sentenced-20-years-federal-prison-distributing-child-pornography Jose Ramon Aguilar-Moreno, 52, of Fontana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/salvadoran-national-sentenced-20-years-federal-prison-distributing-child-pornography Thu, 04/29/2021 - 16:46 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California HSI investigation of app developer leads to 120-month sentence for drug distribution https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-app-developer-leads-120-month-sentence-drug-distribution The investigation was initiated following the discovery of the “Banana Plug” app that was used as a storefront to sell contraband to students in and around the UCSC campus. HSI investigation of app developer leads to 120-month sentence for drug distribution , HSI investigation of app developer leads to 120-month sentence for drug distribution , HSI investigation of app developer leads to 120-month sentence for drug distribution https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-app-developer-leads-120-month-sentence-drug-distribution Fri, 04/23/2021 - 10:14 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE removes Mexican national convicted of rape https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-mexican-national-convicted-rape Roberto Briseno Herrera, 61, is an illegally present Mexican national who has a conviction for rape, as well as multiple convictions for weapons possession. As a previously convicted aggravated felon he is an ICE enforcement priority. Roberto Briseno Herrera https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-mexican-national-convicted-rape Mon, 04/19/2021 - 11:06 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California HSI investigation leads to former case manager for homeless sentenced to 60 months for child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-former-case-manager-homeless-sentenced-60-months-child Daniel Corbett, 32, who held a position of public trust as a former case manager at a nonprofit organization assisting homeless families was sentenced for the possession of child pornography, April 6, as the result of an HSI probe. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-former-case-manager-homeless-sentenced-60-months-child Mon, 04/19/2021 - 09:47 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE removes Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-salvadoran-national-wanted-aggravated-homicide Cesar Enrique Castro-Martinez was unlawfully present in the United States and considered a public safety enforcement priority for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). ICE removes Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide , ICE removes Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide , ICE removes Salvadoran national wanted for aggravated homicide https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-salvadoran-national-wanted-aggravated-homicide Fri, 04/16/2021 - 11:18 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE removes Mexican citizen wanted for homicide in his home country https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-mexican-citizen-wanted-homicide-his-home-country U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers removed a 30-year-old Mexican national and turned him over to law enforcement authorities in Mexico Monday. Pedro Ramirez Morales, aka Diego Perez Ramirez, is wanted in Mexico for homicide, making him a public safety enforcement priority for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). ICE removes Mexican citizen wanted for homicide in his home country https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-removes-mexican-citizen-wanted-homicide-his-home-country Tue, 04/06/2021 - 10:39 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California HSI arrests 8 for trafficking fentanyl and seizes hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine in Bakersfield https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arrests-8-trafficking-fentanyl-and-seizes-hundreds-pounds-methamphetamine Those charged in the federal criminal complaint are: Omar Alberto Navarro, 38, of Arvin; David Delgado Gonzalez, 37, of Bakersfield; Amayrani Jared Arreguin, 24, of Bakersfield; Lizette Mendez, 31, of Delano; Mayra Guadalupe Galvan, 31, of Delano; Miguel Angel Martinez, 26, of Bakersfield; Randal Jason Newell, 41, of Bakersfield; Daniel Armendariz Mercado, 31, of Bakersfield, and James Scott Gordon, 47, of Chico. HSI arrests 8 for trafficking fentanyl and seizes hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine in Bakersfield , HSI arrests 8 for trafficking fentanyl and seizes hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine in Bakersfield https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arrests-8-trafficking-fentanyl-and-seizes-hundreds-pounds-methamphetamine Wed, 03/31/2021 - 10:43 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Los Angeles-area man pleads guilty in international conspiracy to defraud elderly victims following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-international-conspiracy-defraud-elderly-victims As the result of an extensive probe by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, supported by multiple federal, state and local law enforcement partners across the U.S., Anuj Mahendrabhai Patel, 31, a.k.a. “Mike” and “Indio,” of Lake Elsinore, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-international-conspiracy-defraud-elderly-victims Tue, 03/30/2021 - 18:04 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Man sentenced for conspiring to assist flight of brother charged with murder of police officer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/man-sentenced-conspiring-assist-flight-brother-charged-murder-police-officer Conrado Virgen Mendoza, 37, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for conspiring with others to assist his brother in fleeing to Mexico to avoid prosecution for the murder of Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh during a traffic stop and for possessing false immigration documents. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/man-sentenced-conspiring-assist-flight-brother-charged-murder-police-officer Mon, 03/29/2021 - 17:36 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Los Angeles-area man pleads guilty to COVID-19 relief fraud following HSI probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-covid-19-relief-fraud-following-hsi-probe According to court documents, Hassan Kanyike, 29, of Santa Clarita, admitted that he submitted six fraudulent PPP loan applications and two fraudulent EIDL applications. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-covid-19-relief-fraud-following-hsi-probe Mon, 03/29/2021 - 15:06 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California HSI arrests Los Angeles-area woman for allegedly trafficking fentanyl and heroin through Southern California airports https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arrests-los-angeles-area-woman-allegedly-trafficking-fentanyl-and-heroin-through Following an investigation by the HSI Los Angeles BEST, Chavon Sayles, a.k.a. “Amber,” 28, of Chino, was arrested this morning at her residence. She is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-arrests-los-angeles-area-woman-allegedly-trafficking-fentanyl-and-heroin-through Wed, 03/24/2021 - 10:44 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California 2 Los Angeles-area men indicted in visa fraud scheme that used surrogate test-takers and ‘guaranteed’ foreign student admission into colleges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-los-angeles-area-men-indicted-visa-fraud-scheme-used-surrogate-test-takers-and Yi Chen, aka “Brian Chen,” 33, of Monrovia, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to charges in a 21-count grand jury indictment that alleges conspiracy, visa fraud and aggravated identity theft. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-los-angeles-area-men-indicted-visa-fraud-scheme-used-surrogate-test-takers-and Mon, 03/08/2021 - 11:25 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California HSI probe leads to federal charges against 3 Los Angeles-area men for running counterfeit document ring that created and sold dozens of false passports, IDs https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-federal-charges-against-3-los-angeles-area-men-running-counterfeit Carlos Ayala Hernandez, a.k.a. “Juan Juarez,” 44, of Granada Hills, the 19-count indictment’s lead defendant; and Nestor Perez, a.k.a. “Daniel Perez,” 32, of Van Nuys, each pleaded not guilty to one conspiracy count, nine counts of production of false identification documents, seven counts of transferring false identification documents and one count of possession of five or more false identification documents. Hernandez also pleaded not guilty to one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-federal-charges-against-3-los-angeles-area-men-running-counterfeit Tue, 02/23/2021 - 16:34 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Orange County man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for brokering illegal sales of 'ghost guns,' other firearms https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-brokering-illegal-sales-ghost Pedro Javier Villalobos, 24, of Santa Ana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter. Villalobos pleaded guilty in October 2020 to one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-brokering-illegal-sales-ghost Mon, 02/08/2021 - 08:29 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE probe leads to 15 years in prison for ex-lawyer who executed multimillion-dollar fraud where clients were victimized by forged judges’ signatures https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-15-years-prison-ex-lawyer-who-executed-multimillion-dollar-fraud Shant Ohanian, 38, of Burbank, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who stated that he intends at a future date to order Ohanian to pay restitution in an amount exceeding $2.5 million. Ohanian pleaded guilty in June 2019 to one count of wire fraud and has been in federal custody since the following month, when his bond was revoked because of allegations that he was continuing to defraud his clients. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-15-years-prison-ex-lawyer-who-executed-multimillion-dollar-fraud Thu, 02/04/2021 - 10:06 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Los Angeles-area man to plead guilty to operating Bitcoin-cash exchange business and money laundering, following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-plead-guilty-operating-bitcoin-cash-exchange-business-and-money In a two-count information, Hugo Sergio Mejia, 49, of Ontario, was charged with money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. In a plea agreement also filed today, Mejia agreed to plead guilty to these federal felony offenses in in March. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-plead-guilty-operating-bitcoin-cash-exchange-business-and-money Fri, 01/29/2021 - 17:55 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Orange County man sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for sexually abusing minors following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-more-24-years-prison-sexually-abusing-minors-following As the result of a probe by ICE's HSI Los Angeles, Daniel Seibert, 29, of Lake Forest, pleaded guilty in March 2020 to a three-count information charging him with production of child pornography, traveling to engage in illicit sex and using a facility of commerce to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-sentenced-more-24-years-prison-sexually-abusing-minors-following Thu, 01/21/2021 - 14:05 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE arrests 2 registered sex offenders who preyed on children in neighboring communities https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-2-registered-sex-offenders-who-preyed-children-neighboring-communities ERO Los Angeles officers arrested Oscar Daniel Munoz-Valdez, 40, a citizen of Mexico, in Pomona, and Pedro Antonio Hernandez-Aparicio, 35, a citizen of El Salvador, in El Monte, and served them with notices to appear before an immigration judge for immigration violations. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-arrests-2-registered-sex-offenders-who-preyed-children-neighboring-communities Tue, 01/19/2021 - 10:11 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Orange County man chased by police while possessing 75 pounds of cocaine in his car pleads guilty to federal charge following ICE probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-chased-police-while-possessing-75-pounds-cocaine-his-car-pleads Anthony Martinez, 40, of La Habra, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/orange-county-man-chased-police-while-possessing-75-pounds-cocaine-his-car-pleads Fri, 01/15/2021 - 17:05 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE apprehends ‘Most Wanted’ fugitive in Southern California https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-apprehends-most-wanted-fugitive-southern-california Emrah Gocekli, aka Vandoff Shawn Thomas, 33, is a citizen of Turkey who became the subject of a criminal arrest warrant, issued by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, following his 2018 violation for escaping from federal immigration custody. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-apprehends-most-wanted-fugitive-southern-california Thu, 01/14/2021 - 18:07 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California L.A.-area man sentenced to 10 years in prison for key role in massive pyramid investment scheme following ICE probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/la-area-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-key-role-massive-pyramid-investment-scheme Steve Chen, 63, a.k.a. “Li Chen” and “Boss,” of Bradbury, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter, who found that Chen’s “litany of lies” promoted a scam of “epic proportions.” Chen pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/la-area-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-key-role-massive-pyramid-investment-scheme Wed, 01/13/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Former longtime employee of Orange Unified School District sentenced to 6 years in prison for distributing child pornography following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-longtime-employee-orange-unified-school-district-sentenced-6-years-prison Mike Barry Brior, 43, of Riverside, who was an 18-year employee of the school district, where he worked for a time directly with children as a teacher’s assistant, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-longtime-employee-orange-unified-school-district-sentenced-6-years-prison Mon, 01/11/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California Dangerous California sanctuary policy leaves 3 victims in wake of fatal shooting https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dangerous-california-sanctuary-policy-leaves-3-victims-wake-fatal-shooting Herbert Nixon Flores, a 46-year-old criminal alien with an extensive criminal history, is the prime suspect in the murder of 35-year-old Karen Ruiz in the Pacoima area, Jan. 6. Flores shot and killed himself according to law enforcement officials days later. Flores, a repeat immigration offender, had been sought by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers for removal, but a detainer issued to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) last Fall was not honored due to California’s dangerous sanctuary policy. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/dangerous-california-sanctuary-policy-leaves-3-victims-wake-fatal-shooting Mon, 01/11/2021 - 16:01 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California ICE, CBP and LAPD seize counterfeit Viagra pills, footwear, belts, car emblems and headphones worth more than $32 million at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cbp-and-lapd-seize-counterfeit-viagra-pills-footwear-belts-car-emblems-and The counterfeit items included more than one million erectile dysfunction pills, footwear, belts, purses and headphones in violation of registered and recorded trademarks. If genuine, the seized merchandise would have had an estimated MSRP of $32,161,194.00. Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport Seizures , Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport Seizures , Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport Seizures , Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport Seizures https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-cbp-and-lapd-seize-counterfeit-viagra-pills-footwear-belts-car-emblems-and Thu, 12/17/2020 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by State - California